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Chaos or Divine Order? by S.L. Galletano

Not Chaos-like, together crushed and bruised,
But, as the world harmoniously confused.
Where order in variety we see,
And where, though all things differ, all agree.
Windsor Forest – Alexander Pope

Most of us as rational human beings would prefer order to chaos.  We equate order to harmony and chaos to madness.  Is it possible that in our faulty perception of the world, we can’t see the order in the chaos?

Author Joseph Campbell points out what German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer penned about chaos:  “Schopenhauer…points out that when you reach an advanced age and look back over your lifetime, it can seem to have had a consistent order and plan, as though composed by some novelist.  Events that when they occurred had seemed accidental and of little moment turn out to have been indispensable factors in the composition of a consistent plot.  So who composed that plot?  Schopenhauer suggests that just as your dreams are composed by an aspect of yourself of which your consciousness is unaware, so, too, your whole life is composed by the will within you.  And just as people whom you will have met apparently by mere chance became leading agents in the structuring of your life, so, too, will you have served unknowingly as an agent, giving meaning to the lives of others.” – Joseph Campbell.                                                                                                                

So, if your life seems to be in a state of chaos right now, don’t panic!  Perhaps in the chaos, an aspect of your being is under construction.  Sometimes we require a breakdown of some part of ourselves in order to bring change.  Love yourself, bear with yourself, and forgive yourself.  There is a Divine Purpose in your life trying to get through to you.  Be still and listen.

Have a happy journey!

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This Chaos I Call Me…

 What comes after bicarmal mind?
Does reality cease to be?
Could it mean the past has fused into
 this chaos I call me?
-S.L. Galletano-

I have often wondered what creation looked like.  In Genesis 1:1-4, God says the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.  That’s a good analogy of our lives before  meeting God – a chaotic and formless mess.  Everyone knows what chaos looks like and feels like.  For me this morning, it was trying to read Paradise Lost for a class I’m taking and taking care of a three-year-old at the same time; I can let you in on a secret – the two aren’t compatible.  We live in a hectic world and our lives reflect that chaos.  I like the way that Saul Bellow summed it up in the forward to Allan Bloom’s 1987 book, The Closing of the American Mind, “In the greatest confusion, there is still an open channel to the soul.  It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education.  But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves.”      

I believe the world we live in today, with its smart phones and high tech devices for everything imaginable, reflects our attempts to create order out of chaos.  The problem is we’ve just created more chaos.  Sometimes I long to return to the days of Mayberry with Andy Taylor and Barney Fife.  I long for simplicity.  No one knows what the future of our world may be.  But this one thing I do know:

O that my words were written down!                                                     
O that they were inscribed in a book!
O that with an iron pen and with lead
they were engraved on a rock forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that at the last He will stand upon the earth. 
– Job 19:23-25.                                   

 So, when your world collapses into chaos, please remember that our connection to God has not changed, because he is still alive and well and there to turn chaos into calm.

 

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